Stars in our Eyes!

It’s been just over a month since Ed Fringe 2019 ended and we still can’t get over the level of brilliance we saw at PQA Venues this year! 2019 saw a total of 78 shows programmed at PQA Venues (almost double 2018!) from poetry to dance, gripping drama to side-splitting comedy- it certainly was a Fringe to remember!

With around 90 reviewers stepping through our venue doors (some more than once!) we have been inundated with 4 and 5 star reviews! In fact, over 50% of all reviews received this year were rated 4-star, 5-star or ‘Highly Recommended’.

We had reviewers from: The Scotsman, British Theatre Guide, Fringe Review, Broadway Baby, Theatre Weekly, The Wee Review, Chortle, Musical Theatre Review and The List, amongst many, many more!

We’re so proud of all our shows and here are just some of the wonderful reviews we received:



Last Five Years – written by Jason Robert Brown, directed by Gerard Bentall

★★★★ – ‘[Lori Davidson] packs the role with unbridled emotion and her vocals are simply outstanding… a fantastically intimate staging of Jason Robert Brown’s touching musical.’ – Theatre Weekly reviewed by Greg Stewart



Marx in Soho – written by Howard Zinn, produced by The Marx Sisters

★★★★★ – ‘Myer’s Marx is so engaging and so honest… I can only recommend this outstanding performance of a thrilling play’ The Morning Star reviewed by Angus Reid

★★★★★ – ‘This is a very fine, entertaining performance.’ British Theatre Guide reviewed by Keith Mckenna

★★★★★ – ‘The challenge of having a young woman perform an older man is accomplished with flare… It’s a rousing and beautiful moment of genuine political inspiration.’ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine reviewed by Patrick Blake



There She Is – written by Gabriela Flarys, directed by Andrea Maciel and Gabriela Flarys

★★★★★ – ‘I can’t tell you what you’ll feel when you see it, but you must go and find out yourself. Flarys is indefinable, wise, funny and charming.’ Ed Fringe Review reviewed by Madeleine Constant



Monogamy – written by Sophia Mertins, produced by The Inevitable Theatre Company

★★★★★ – ‘This is a beautifully written piece, subtly directed and perfectly executed’ British Theatre Guide reviewed by Catherine Lamm


Age Fright: 35 and Counting – written and performed by Jaleelah Galbraith

★★★★★ – ‘I was joined in rowdy cheers at the end by every generation at this performance. Galbraith’s talent for weaving nostalgia into widely relatable comedy is totally worth the hour in your Fringe lineup.’ Feminist Fringe reviewed by Auburn Scallon

★★★★★ – ‘This appealing comedian, with craft and confidence, has created a set that felt like hanging out with friends, reminiscing, and larking about. The hour went so quickly, that I would have happily stayed for the rest of the evening’ Theatre Bubble reviewed by Karen Barclay

★★★★ – ‘This show is conversational, it’s familiar and is really lovely. Jal oozes confidence and is straight up hilarious’ Within Her Words reviewed by Amy Toledano



Under the Floorboards – written and performed by Simon Shaw

★★★★ – ‘It’s all compelling, if slightly strange, and certainly extremely unnerving piece of viewing’ Everything Theatre reviewed by Rob Warren

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